Austin Healey 1960 3000 MKI  ‘The original Ruddspeed car’


Whilst most were content with the ample power of the new Austin Healey 3000, well known AC tuning specialist of the 1960’s, Ken Rudd set out to produce an even faster Austin Healey, available to everyone. With his bolt on package, Ken Rudd was able to increase the power by 48 bhp to 178 bhp. If you were able to afford the £1,168 sports car, for just £86, you could really improve your Healey.


The upgrades included a skimmed cylinder-head, machined and polished ports and combustion chamber, pocketed block just like the works cars and recut valve seats. High lift cam shaft and triple carburettor inlet manifolds to incorporate the third S.U. carb, a clear indication of any car with Rudd speed upgrades.
With all of these power upgrades, the car must be able to turn when you get to the end of the straights, a handling pack was also available for £37, stiffer dampers and springs helped support the car through turns and a recommended brake servo for £19 10s would help you to stop as well as it goes.


Ken Rudd needed a development car and demonstrator to show the public what they were really missing, hence why 9380 PO had all of these upgrades and was shared between many publications for road tests. Although it may not be able to be described in the same way these days, September 1960, a citation of Motorsport Magazine’s road test described the modified Ruddspeed car as ‘undeniably, a “man’s car” and although a strong left arm is needed to change gear, £ for mph, this car is undoubtedly tops’


9380 PO is the original Ruddspeed demonstration car with racing history from the 1960 grand touring car race at Snetterton where it finished 3rd in class driven by Bob ‘sideways’ Staples. Other distinctive Ruddspeed modifications include the side vent, ‘finned’ inlet manifolds and two mounting brackets for the aero screen, still fitted to the car today. The car is supplied with FIA papers valid until 2024 and although the car is not full prepared for today’s competition it would make a fantastic historic racing car with sublime period history, eligible for Goodwood revival entry as well as all other annual FIA historic events such as Le Mans, Silverstone Classic, Masters, GT & Sports Car Cup.


Being sold on behalf of the current owner, the car underwent a full mechanical overhaul by ourselves at JME Healeys between February 2019 – May 2019. During this time period the engine was rebuilt and upgraded with a steel crank and conrods. Aluminium cylinder-head and road rally camshaft. Dyno readings had the engine producing 240 BHP at the flywheel with the Ruddspeed carburettor and manifold setup. All original engine components removed during the rebuild have been retained and will be supplied with the car. The gearbox and differential have been fully rebuilt. The front & rear suspensions and steering were all overhauled and setup by JME for fast road driving. New Avon CR6ZZ tyres fitted. The car is in the best mechanical order possible and all original features remain just as the car was seen in 1960.


Even against today’s standards, although it is not the quickest circuit race Healey anymore, it boasts an incredible fast road performance over and above the standard cars and drivability & performance is great in equal measures.

This desirable and rare Ruddspeed 3000 MK I is offered for sale on behalf of the current owner and is complete with past magazine articles detailing the cars history, race records and performance along with receipt file and past ownership record. Supplied with UK V5C Registration Document, Original buff logbook, Heritage certificate and MOT. Recent invoices of all work completed by ourselves at JME is supplied.

The history and rarity of this car is extremely hard to come by, with its desirability and value only second to ‘Works BMC’ 3000’s.


For further information on this car or to arrange a viewing or test drive, please contact us on our email address at or call our workshop on +44 01926 499000


£ 125,000.00

Austin Healey specialist | JME Healeys | Warwick

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